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Paper presentation at PMRA Conference in Madison, Wisconsin

On the 21st of June 2013, I presented a paper at the Public Management Research Association Conference in Madison, Wisconsin (USA).

During the conference, I presented a paper about change leadership in public organizations. The paper is entitled ‘Implementing change in public organizations: The relationship between leadership and affective commitment to change in a public sector context’. In this study, I propose and test a theoretical framework concerning the relationship between transformational leadership behavior and affective commitment to change in a public sector context. The conclusion of the study is that the transformational leadership behavior of direct supervisors is an important contribution to the successful implementation of change. The paper draws on change management theory to explain how direct supervisors contribute to processes of organizational change, thereby increasing affective commitment to change among employees. Furthermore, the results show how the specific context of public organizations determines the transformational leadership behavior of direct supervisors.

The paper can be downloaded by clicking here: Van der Voet et al. – implementing change in public organizations – PMRA